Schwarzenegger works up emotion in 'The Last Stand'
05:00 AM, Jan 19, 2013
Arnold Schwarzenegger is becoming a softie.
The action star, 65, gets all kinds of emotional during a key scene in his old-school action movie The Last Stand (in theaters now). It even appears like he’s shedding a tear as his small-town sheriff character holds a shot-up colleague.
Screen feelings? Emotions? Blame it on the aging process.
“It’s much easier for me to feel emotional today than it was maybe 20 years ago,” Schwarzenegger tells USA TODAY. “When you have kids and a family and you reach a certain age, something happens. You can relate to those emotions much more so.”
“You change for the positive. I definitely notice that,” Schwarzenegger adds. The star and father of four children to estranged wife Maria Shriver talked happily about the Christmas present his family bought him, a vintage Polaroid camera.
In The Last Stand, Schwarzenegger adds that his co-star Jaimie Alexander was emoting so much in the scene “that it really affected me.”
Either way, the returned action icon says he’s happy to have the opportunity to show a little range (and not just the shooting kind of range).
“In the past no emotions were written for me,” he says. “In this movie there were scenes where I could show vulnerability. It was written to give me a chance to expand.”
Not to worry, though: The star also smashes a souped-up Camaro, knocks bad guys and flies through doors. Some things never change.